I reviewed all of the answers my focal children gave me to the questions I asked regarding their writing process. I entered it into a spreadsheet. I’m sharing it in … Continue Reading Action Research Questions Reviewed
As a child, I used to avoid books with “that gold medal” like the plague. I wouldn’t pick one up – at all. In fact, I read more SVH (sad, … Continue Reading The Newbery Controversy
I created another video about one more spelling strategy a colleague told me about to help some of my struggling spellers with the words they frequently misspell in their writing. … Continue Reading Fixing-Up Spelling in a Writer’s Notebook
Nearly every school in Rhode Island seems to be closed today due to the impending snow. My school is no exception. Today’s school day was called-off yesterday afternoon when the … Continue Reading Poetry Friday: A Snow Day with No Snow to Speak of… YET!
Last weekend I was compelled to return to Nancie Atwell’s book, The Reading Zone, in order to be inspired for this week’s focus lessons. As I was reviewing it, I … Continue Reading The Reading Zone.
I spent Monday and Tuesday being inspired by Penny Kittle. My thoughts swirled as she shared her ideas, passion, and love for teaching students to write well in that no-nonsense … Continue Reading Ruth’s Slice: Rekindled.
I administered writing interviews to five of my focal children on Tuesday. One of them actually wrote about it. This was what one of them wrote as a notebook entry … Continue Reading Interviewing My Kids
Need to assist a student who has trouble spelling while writing? Watch this video for a practical tool/tip entitled “My Fast Word Fixer.”
You’ll have to click on the image below to read the words in order. 😉
As I was departing ceramics class last night, I realized that it was the last time I’d have my hands on clay or glaze for the rest of 2008. As … Continue Reading That’s a wrap!
Thanks to the folks who commented on my SOLS about the Menorah Making Contest. 🙂 Just wanted to show you the finished product. (The judging is on Thursday night.)
I couldn’t locate the dark lines my students used to use underneath white paper when they started publishing their persuasive letters today. Therefore, I did a Google Search to find … Continue Reading Paper: A Resource
I walk into my favorite class of the day, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are floating through the air, She grew up in an Indiana town, with a good lookin’ mama who … Continue Reading Ruth’s Memoir Monday: High School Art Class.
Happy Tuesday Everyone! We’re looking forward to reading your slice of life stories. Just link your story’s URL to this post as a comment. (Did I mention I’ve completely given … Continue Reading C’mon & Slice Away on This Mid-December Tuesday
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I was recently invited to write a post for the Stenhouse Blog. It just went live today. It’s a compilation of ideas about how to infuse poetry into the classroom.